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Stay Tuned: ‘Game of Thrones’ sets April premiere date

Melissa Crawley More Content Now
Posted: Jan. 15, 2019 9:08 am

The wait is almost over for “Game of Thrones’” fans, while this week’s viewing is all about the streaming services, with a few premieres and one fond farewell.

Dispatches: Weekly TV news
Winter is coming … this spring. The premiere date for the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” has officially been set for April 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”) is set to star as the legendary defense attorney Perry Mason in a limited series for HBO. The origin story takes place in 1932 Los Angeles where Mason, dealing with a broken marriage and his wartime experience in France, is working as a private investigator. A child kidnapping case sets him on a path that may change his life.

CBS is developing a standalone “Star Trek” series featuring Michelle Yeoh. Yeoh will again play Philippa Georgiou, her current character on “Star Trek: Discovery.” The new series will broaden that character’s storyline as a member of a secret intelligence agency.

In other CBS news, the network has announced the contestants for “Big Brother: Celebrity Addition.” Anthony Scaramucci, perhaps best known for lasting 10 days as President Donald Trump’s director of communications, will join other “celebrities” including Olympian Ryan Lochte, Joey Lawrence and Tamar Braxton.

Contenders: Shows to keep on your radar
Giving WWE some competition, the all-female wrestlers of “WOW - Women Of Wrestling” premiere on AXS Jan. 18 (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT). The episode features four matches, starring some talented female athletes and a main event with Jungle Grrl.

Also on Jan. 18 is the Showtime debut of the very long titled “Howie Mandel Presents Howie Mandel at the Howie Mandel Comedy Club” (10 p.m. ET/PT). It’s his first solo comedy special in 20 years.

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in “Brexit” (Jan. 19, HBO, 9 p.m. ET/PT), which explores the players involved in the referendum that upset the usually stable British political establishment in the summer of 2016. Cumberbatch portrays Dominic Cummings, the leader of the Vote Leave campaign.

“Black Monday” (Jan. 20, Showtime, 10 p.m. ET/PT) goes back to Oct. 19, 1987, which came to be known as Black Monday, the worst stock market crash in Wall Street’s history. The story follows a group of outsiders who eventually brought down the world’s largest financial system. Stars Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall.

Revisit Leslie Knope’s (Amy Poehler) cheerful political optimism and check-out Chris Pratt before he was guarding the galaxy with Comedy Central’s all-day marathon of “Parks and Recreation” (Jan. 21). A few days later, say one last “Yas Queen” to Ilana and Abbi. The fifth and final season of Comedy Central’s “Broad City” premieres on Jan. 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The multinational covert special ops team Section 20 is back with more explosive action on the sixth season premiere of “Strike Back” (Jan. 25, Cinemax, 10 p.m. ET/PT).

Report Card: A look at ratings winners and losers
Winners: Fox has picked up “So You Think You Can Dance” for a 16th season.

Losers: Struggling with its Friday night slot, “The Blacklist” recently matched its series low.
Melissa Crawley is the author of “Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television’s ‘The West Wing.’” She has a Ph.D. in media studies and is a member of the Television Critics Association. To comment on Stay Tuned, email her at staytuned@outlook.com or follow her on Twitter at @MelissaCrawley.

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